The Fullerton College baseball team got to see their conference record get over the .500 mark with a 7-6 victory over Riverside City College, in 11 innings, on Saturday.
The Hornets (13-5, 3-2) trailed 6-5 heading into the ninth inning but came back to pull off the win in extra innings due to some timely hitting.
Nick King led off the game for Riverside with a walk and advanced to second on a passed ball. He then stole third and came around to score on an error by FC catcher Troy Prasertsit.
Dakota Wix drove in the game-tying run in the ninth inning on a single up the middle. It was one of his four hits on the day. He went 4-6 with three runs, an RBI and a walk.
Wix also led off the top of the 11th inning with a single. He then stole second and advanced to third on a groundout by Nick Gotta. Former RCC player KC Huth then stepped up to the plate and drove in the go-ahead run with a single to left field.
“That game meant a lot to me since it was my old school,” Huth said. “I am glad the team came out and played hard and won.”
Right from the start, the Hornets’ pitchers had trouble hitting the strike zone and the Tigers showed that they were going to look to manufacture runs.
Hornet pitchers walked 12 batters on the day. Starting pitcher, Josh Bornstein walked seven in 5.2 innings but also struck out six and only gave up three earned runs.
Austin Sweet picked up the win after going two innings, while striking out two, walking two and giving up one hit.
Nate Green picked up his first save of the year after a perfect 11th inning.
The Hornets picked up two runs in the top of the third to take a 2-1 lead. Huth had an RBI double and Prasertsit added an RBI single. Huth finished the day 3-4 with 3 RBI, a run and a walk. His other run came in on an RBI sacrifice fly in the top of the eighth that tied the game at five.
James Smith also added an RBI on a groundout in the fifth inning. The other Hornet run came on an RBI single by Nick Gotta in the eighth.
The Hornets have now won two games in a row and were matched up with Orange Coast College at the time of production.
They will take on Irvine Valley, at home, Thursday at 2 p.m.